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Poster: jupiter7 Date: Jan 13, 2011 12:01pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

The episode of lawless years on ia is tinted.So is my copy I bought is.The dvd says on the lable and I quote " Licensed with the permission of the Miner Family Estate 2005.Distributed by Timelss Media Group WARNING:for sale or rental for private home use in canada and usa only.Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction,distribution or exibition of copyrighted of motion pictures,video tapes or video disc.

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jan 13, 2011 5:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

I saw episodes of the Lawless Years on a Millcreek Set and they also had the tinting. In fact every episode of the Lawless Years I've heard of has tinting. Don't know whether this was the way it was broadcast (so that it would look interesting on Color TV without looking lousy in Black and White.)

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Poster: jupiter7 Date: Jan 14, 2011 7:17am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

Why would it be broadcasted in tint when most people had black and white tvs.Also the ones who had color sets would wonder why a tv show is tinted when it was filmed?Why not film it in color

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Poster: R Pal Date: Jan 15, 2011 3:39am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

In the late 1950's color film was very expensive. And for most people, myself included, a color television set might be purchased sometime in the future when they got it right. But not everyone had even one set.
I don't know if this series was tinted to punch it up, but those sort of stunts were done on some TV shows. Usually before a color show went on there would be a series of announcement indicating how wonderful it would look.

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Poster: The_Monkey_Master Date: Jan 13, 2011 6:08pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

Someone on Amazon said the same thing. "Robert Huggins" said in a review of the First Complete Season,
"I can only assume that the producers must have felt that the tinting of the shows would help it later on in syndication as television transitioned from black & white to color in the mid-1960s."
http://www.amazon.com/Lawless-Years-First-Complete-Season/dp/B000EHSVU0

Another place to look is this post on the IMDB forms
http://www.tv.com/the-lawless-years/sepia/topic/61137-2616460/msgs.html
No ones answered yet but it might be a good place to bookmark and check up on every now and then.

This post was modified by The_Monkey_Master on 2011-01-14 02:08:21

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 14, 2011 9:41pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: LAWLESS YEARS COPYRIGHT INFRIGMENT

I have episodes of this show on tapes made more than twenty years ago that have a sepia tint. I think the show was made that way. Probably for the reasons cited above.

It is not unusual for distributors of public domain product to enter into an agreement with a former copyright owner or a creator's heirs. They usually do this to add an amount of legitimacy to their releases or, on a more sinister level, to establish the appearance of copyright where there is none. This practice has been common in the classic radio market its not surprising that it is starting to filter into the classic TV market.

Add to that, these tv films are works for hire and the director/screenwriter would have no copyright claim on it (it was owned by the producer's company Jack Chertok Productions) unless copyright was transfered to Miner and/ or he registered his scripts separately and his family recaptured the copyright at renewal - none of which seems to have happened, according to copyright office records.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2011-01-15 05:41:47